Conflict Between Medical Research and Ethics

Conflict between Medical Research and Ethics
Carlos M. Maldonado
Ethics: Health Care and Social Responsibility-Health Care Services/435
Professor: Montrece Ransom
June 10, 2011

Conflict between Medical Research and Ethics
There is a fine line between medical research and ethics. The problem is researchers or the research itself has a tendency to go beyond the limits of medical ethics due to measures taken in the pursuit of unknown knowledge. I will be using the Tuskegee Syphilis Study for the basis of this opinionated paper. I will be disclosing my findings as well as my opinion on the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in this paper.   In this paper I will be disclosing the facts concerning the study and its significant influence on the culture of Black American culture during the time of the study. I disagree with various aspects of this study, such as how the study was handled, how the patient was uninformed along with lack of consent, and how the life and health of the patient were affected as a result of the study.
The Beginning of the End
The Tuskegee study of the 1930s, which ran 40 years, was the biggest controversy in medical history.   It set the standards for the African American community in the medical world today.   Therefore, the African American community is more reluctant to be involved in health screenings and public health issues. Dr. Stephen B. Thomas and Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn conducted a review of The Tuskegee Study of the 1930’s and wrote an article in 1991 titled “Light on the Shadow of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study”. Thomas and Quinn states, “The strategies used to recruit and retain participants were quite similar to those being advocated for HIV/AIDs prevention programs today.   Almost 60 years after the study began, there remains a trail of dishonest and suspicion that hampers HIV education efforts in Black communities”   The Tuskegee study started in 1932 in Tuskegee Alabama.   The Public Health System (PHS) became interested in the area...